Manufacturer: Black Knight, Hutschenreuther China – Germany
User: Poodle Dog Grill at Hotel Peabody – Memphis, Tennessee
Distributor: Albert Pick & Co.
Date of footed bowl: 1927
Notes: Located at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., the Poodle Dog Grill was by day one of two popular lunch spots within the hotel – and known as the Basement Grill. Only after dark did it become a nightclub, called the Poodle Dog Grill, according to this interesting article in Memphis The City Magazine, by David Dawson.
According to the 1925 Hotel Monthly, an article about the "New" Hotel Peabody in Memphis states the following: "The grill room is known as the Poodle Dog, and is similar in decoration to the famous Poodle Dog Restaurant in San Francisco. The room will seat 375, including 26 stools at the lunch counter. The ceiling is vaulted, similar to the ceiling of rathskellers that were so popular a generation ago. The center of each arch is wired for illuminating fixture[s], and these alternate, a wrought iron chandelier with four poodle dogs back-to-back around the stem; and luminaires, full moon shape, with decoration of soft-shell crabs and lobsters. The light putty color ceiling is ornamented with poodle dogs of every kind, showing them in playful attitudes. The tables have oak top with black line inlay. The chairs are oak with low back and comfortable arms. The floor is laid in alternate diamonds of black and white marble. The counter has faience tile front, and its top is wood, built like a butcher block; the specially made to order, and the first of the kind we have seen. It looks like a good idea."
White body handled, oblong footed bowl. On the side of the bowl is the logo for the grill which consists of a seated poodle with both front paws holding a serving tray with a steaming cup of coffee or soup. The poodle's left leg has a waiter's towel hanging off of it. The line drawing of the poodle is in black and white, while the tray, saucer, and steaming cup is in a yellow gold.
For more about an unrelated entry:
Poodle Dog Cafe and Bakery – British Columbia, by W.H. Grindley
Memphis The City Magazine – article by David Dawson
Google books – The Hotel Monthly, Volume 33, page 41
ID and bowl photos: Roland S. Burritt
Author: Ed Phillips